GRCC In the News, 9-10-21

GRCC receives $1.2 million federal grant

9/9/21 Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College was the recipient of a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help adult learners return to, or start their college careers.

Hope College hires new director of Center for Diversity and Inclusion

9/9/21 MLive

HOLLAND, MI – Jevon Willis has been named as the new director of Hope College’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the college announced Wednesday, Sept. 8.

… Before coming to Hope College in 2018, Willis taught social work and sociology at Calvin University, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College. He also served in various leadership roles at the Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, The Other Way Ministries in Grand Rapids and Wedgwood Christian Services.

Equity Endowment Started For Small Michigan NPOs

9/9/21 The NonProfit Times

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, Mich., has established the Juan Olivarez Learning Equity Endowment. Through the new endowment, small Michigan-based nonprofits will be able to access the Johnson Center’s professional services at a reduced or no cost.

… During his career, Olivarez became the first Hispanic college or university president in the state of Michigan. He has served within the leadership of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and provided support for educational and economic equity efforts, including the Community Learning Enterprise at Grand Rapids Community College; and the Delta Strategy, which empowers Latino community initiatives. He also participated in producing a video that promoted the need for a more-inclusive economy within the Grand Rapids area, according to MIBiz.com.

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